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Evicted for complaining to your landlord? Tell us your story

russian_silencedEver kept your mouth shut about a housing problem because your scared of being evicted? Ever done repairs yourself but you don’t want the hassle of asking your landlord?

When something goes wrong in the place you rent, this threat of eviction looms large. When we tell people about their rights as renters, nearly everything we say finishes with the warning “…but remember if you stand up for your rights, you’re landlord might try to evict you”.

Since 1988 when Assured Shorthold Tenancies were introduced, renters lost their security of tenure. Now we can be evicted (if the fixed term of our contract has ended) simply because our landlord can evict you because they don’t like your accent, the colour of your skin or because you’ve asked him if he would please be kind enough to fix your broken boiler.

We call this problem retaliatory eviction, and it’s what we’re collecting stories on this week for our #RentingStories campaign.

If you’ve ever experienced retaliatory eviction, or decided not to complain because of the threat of retaliatory eviction, please share your story. Click here to tell your story.

By sharing your story, you’ll really help to show local and central Government just how bad it is for people renting in Hackney. Social change has always been driven forward by the stories and voices of normal people. Once, we’ve got together and agreed our demands, we’re going to write the stories up in to a dossier and present these to policy makers.

We need you!
We want other Hackney renters to stand with us in presenting our stories. The more of us there are, the more power we have! On the 1st April we’re meeting to decide what demands we want and how we should present our stories. This meeting will get new members involved in planning our Tell Us Your Story launch on 26th April at the New Kingshold Community Centre.

We need you!
We want other Hackney renters to stand with us in presenting our stories. The more of us there are, the more power we have! On the 1st April we’re meeting to decide what demands we want and how we should present our stories. This meeting will get new members involved in planning our Tell Us Your Story launch on 26th April. Watch this space for details.

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